Apparently there’s some kind of arts event happening in Scotland this year. Edinburgh, of all places. Who’s idea was that?
It would be remiss of me not to nominate a few acts in the Biggest Comedy Jamboree on Earth. Here are six I spotted flicking through the programme – I’ll have more suggestions presently.
Caveat emptor: I know a couple of the performers listed below. They’re still good, mind - just saying.
Acts I’ve seen and enjoyed previously:
1. Benny Boot – dry-as-dust Australian stand-up. Specialises in lowering the energy in a room, only to lower it further. (Pleasance Courtyard, 9.45 pm)
2. Hannah Gadsby – another pretty dry Australian, but in a more story-telling vein. (Gilded Balloon, 4.45pm)
3. The Gentlemen of Leisure – sketch duo who ransack the world of literature and culture for their topics. Basically, highbrow silliness. (Just the Tonic at The Caves, 3.20pm)
Acts I haven’t seen, but who sound like I would enjoy them
1.Toby – girl-girl sketch group. Last year's show sounded like terrific, inventive fun. That’s my kind of fun. (Pleasance Courtyard, 4.30 pm)
2. David Reed: Shamblehouse – ‘one-man sketch show’ from one-third of the Penny Dreadfuls. I’ve always liked the idea of one person doing a whole sketch show, but I’ve never seen anything that really fits that description. Maybe this will be that show? (Pleasance Courtyard, 8.30 pm)
3. Seminar – Emily Watson Howes specialises in high-concept comedy shows (monologues in ladies toilets, a sketch show set in a gym, that kind of thing). Here she plays a stress expert - it sounds like a close relative to the various management-guru/life-coach characters populating comedy festivals in recent years, but hopefully she has a few interesting twists on the formula. (Pleasance Courtyard, 2.10 pm)